Sponsored by NxStage Purpose To recognize a nurse who, through clinical excellence, has provided care to patients receiving frequent (daily, every other day, 5 times/week) home hemodialysis that is above and beyond the requirements of his/her position. Award $2,000 and a plaque Eligibility Criteria Candidates for the award will be nominated. Be a current full member of ANNA, having been a member for a minimum of the last 2 years as of the awards/scholarship application deadline. Actively involved in nephrology nursing related health care services. Active participant in ANNA at the local and/or national level. Evidence of commitment and competence in the training and care of home hemodialysis patients. Evidence of contributing toward improved patient care through utilization of relevant evidence-based nephrology nursing practice. Committed to personal and professional growth through continuing education. Involved in the continuous improvement of patient care through activities such as the following: Patient recruitment and selection. Demonstrating initiative to assist in the start and growth of a home hemodialysis program. Patient education. Other patient-centered activities. About Kelly McManus Kelly McManus graduated with a BSN from Linfield College in Oregon after she had already completed a BS in zoology and genetics from OSU. Although she had a love of animals, Kelly found that she was much more interested in working with people. She began her career in nephrology at Good Samaritan in Portland, OR, where she worked in many aspects of nephrology and moved into education. As a Clinical Education Specialist, she helped nephrology nurses with training for a variety of therapies and equipment. During her career, Kelly successfully transitioned from nursing to sales. Kelly never forgot, though, that her customer was always the patient. Kelly never failed to "do the right thing" for her patients. In her last position with NxStage, she was a vocal advocate for making sure that home hemodialysis patients had the ability to live their lives to their potential through their access to the therapy. She worked along with home training nurses to ensure that facilities and patients were educated. Her greatest professional happiness was being able to help patients.